A NEW CHAIRWOMAN FOR THE GERMAN CHAPTER
Meet Marina Rantanen Modeer, the new Chairwoman of the German Chapter. We caught up with her to talk strategy.
IN HER OWN WORDS:
My name is Marina Rantanen Modeer. I’m originally from Sweden where I grew up on a very small island not too far away from Stockholm. Since mid-2016, I have been a doctoral candidate at TU Dortmund researching
model driven design of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). This research is part of the oCPS ITN, or the “Platform-aware Model-driven Optimisation of CPS” programme. My academic background is in both mechanical engineering and general management, with degrees from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Stockholm School of Economi
What inspired me to apply were my encounters and discussions with the former chair Brian Cahill and various members of the MCAA board. I discovered the MCAA fairly recently and became interested in becoming more active, quite simply, because of the positive atmosphere surrounding its representatives. Being a
OBJECTIVES OF THE CHAPTER
I want to contribute to the strategies of the German Chapter, to reach out to more Early Stage Researchers and inspire them to be active in the chapter as well as offer them activities that would be directly relevant to them in their role as MSCA ESRs.
I would have loved to have discovered this
We are participating in the
We are also planning several smaller networking events, including the aforementioned local meet up groups to be held in different cities. Keep an eye out for those dates!
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If my above praise of how nice everyone is is not convincing enough, then let me add that the MCAA German chapter offers a great opportunity for its members to create local networks. The chapter greatly complements MCAA as the
WHY CHOOSING A BULGARIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTION AS A HOST CAN BE A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY
Welcome to Bulgaria! Anife Ahmedova from the University of Sofia tells us about the activities
organised by this growing Chapter.
One of our main objectives is to attract and encourage more young MSCA Fellows to become members of MCAA and to join the Bulgaria Chapter. We believe that their enthusiasm is the most productive driving force – not only for the implementation of our current
A second major objective on our agenda is to help increase the participation levels of researchers from Bulgaria and Bulgarian research institutions in the MSCA (either as individual fellows and consortia partners or by hosting MSC fellows from abroad).
As an EU member state and one of the few countries starting
Another objective is to establish working partnerships with policymakers, scientific societies in Bulgaria, media, NGOs or SMEs. This can help us increase our visibility and achieve our main goal, which is to increase the popularity of MSCA among Bulgarian researchers and help them be better prepared for successful participation in H2020 Research programmes.
A SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL MEETING ON 19 OCTOBER 2018
We are pleased to note that our annual meeting was very successful. It was hosted and officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Sofia University, and greetings were expressed by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science and a member of the European Commission Representative Unit in Bulgaria.
All official guests announced their readiness for close collaboration with the MCAA-BG_Chapter and some common initiatives are already on the way. As a result, a Policy Working Group in the Chapter has been constituted and is ready to take part in policy discussions at national and European level.
The work programme of the meeting started with a presentation and discussion on the annual plan of activities which resulted in a concrete plan of action for the implementation of our tasks. This was followed by a presentation about the scientific fields of four of our members. With the purpose to attract more new members, the second part of the meeting was open to non-members and invited guests who have been informed about the MCAA and its goals and activities, as well as the benefits of becoming a member. Also, in this part, two projects, currently conducted by groups from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, have been presented. One is IProPBio, Integrated Process and Product Design for Sustainable Biorefineries (http://ipropbio.sdu.dk/). The other is
The meeting was announced on the websites of Sofia University, the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy and the Horizon2020- Bulgaria website. Following the meeting, a press release was also published on the websites of the Faculty and Sofia University.
The high interest and participation of non-members
We intend to hold several information seminars on the MSC Actions with interested young researchers and faculty members from Bulgarian universities in order to raise awareness
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Although similar in size and population, our countries are at the two extreme ends not only geographically - on the map of Europe, but also on the intensity of participation in the European research and innovation programme. For us this means that we have a lot to learn, and closer connections with members from the Benelux Chapter can be extremely beneficial for us in terms of learning from their knowledge and experience. On the other hand, Bulgaria is a lovely place to live and work – safe and quiet, with pleasant climate most of the year, diverse and beautiful nature, hospitable people and delicious cuisine. We strongly welcome members from Benelux and other chapters to join us.
We believe that exchanging experience and scientific ideas can be mutually useful and lead to establishing fruitful collaborations.